Post by Keith Keller
[...] Posting reference URLs in 'Reader Comments' is often what
I'd do to simply to enlighten others. ["do" missing in original
due to cold, stiff fingers at the keyboard :-)]
Here is the big challenge with forums like sfgate: you have no idea if
your logic is even reaching those who wish to be enlightened. Before
the ViaFoura fiasco, I would often post comments on topics in which I
was interested, and attempt to support my serious comments with facts
and logical assertions. These comments would be drowned out by dozens
of trolling comments by these ''anonymous'' users. Would rational
people really put up with seeing those stupid comments on the off-chance
of reaching one reasonable comment?
Previously it did seem that many anonymous SFGate posters would both post
snarky [SFgate is where I learned that word] comments and thumb-down just
about everything just to be nasty. Due to ViaFoura since mid-October I'd
forgotten about many of the 'bad' aspects of Reader Comments at SFgate.
Post by Keith Keller
For example, consider the Fukushima disaster. Nearly every time SFGate
ran an article about it
To be fair, sfgate shouldn't be fact-checking these articles, which
likely come from AP. sfgate should focus on local fact-checking, though
you're right that they do not do this very well either.
And then some anon commenter clicks the [Abuse] button for no good reason.
Several years ago there was an article about homes sinking into the
ground due to a sinkhole so I posted this URL to show how sinkholes
form since the SFGate article (actually probably AP) was devoid of any
real contents or information:Loading Image...
[Hmmm, the above URL is no longer valid so don't bother clicking now; if
anyone wants to see that great diagram, I saved it here in April 2010:Loading Image...
Someone clicked [ABUSE] for my posting that URL. I contacted SFGate and
they restored my deleted one-line comment with that URL. In other words,
SFGate staff appears to NEVER review any complaints and simply blindly
acts on [false] complaints as do trained monkeys. Interns?
Perhaps SFGate did us a favor replacing the old comment system, but
their choice of ViaFoura was a bad decision and now I have to do more
sleuthing to find additional information missing from SFGate-posted
articles that I'd often find in Reader Comments.